I began listening to ABBA when I was about 15 or so and just leaving school because obviously I had heard some of their songs on the radio and TV but somehow I came across an ABBA cassette and played it and then played it over and over. Musically and phonetically ABBA are one of my favourite groups of all time (which is why I am writing this). ABBA for anyone who doesn't know are a Swedish group and started in the early 1970's.
There are four members to the group, and it is from them (Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog) that the name ABBA originated in 1973 when they released their first album (Ring Ring). ABBA are mostly remembered for their winning the Eurovision Song contest in 1974 with the song Waterloo. After this they released their second album, also called Waterloo. Between 1974 and 1981 ABBA released several other albums (ABBA in 1975, Arrival in 1976, ABBA the album 1977, Voulez Vous in 1979, Super Trouper in 1980 and The Visitors in 1981) each having their own successful singles. ABBA have toured many countries over the years (Germany, Denmark, Austria, Finland, Australia, UK, USA to name a few) and have become one of the most valuable exports to come from Sweden.
The only group to come from Sweden and be more successful than ABBA have been Ace Of Bass (not many people know this but AOB have actually sold more albums worldwide than ABBA) and I will again get into AOB in a later post in more detail. Musically ABBA have influenced so many bands who have come to follow and there have been massive amounts of ABBA covers by famous singers like Westlife (I Have A Dream), Madonna (Hung Up), Mike Oldfield (Arrival), Sid Vicious (Take A Chance On Me) and U2 (Dancing Queen). There have been several theater productions made over the years about ABBA, the most popular being Mamma Mia which still shows in the UK periodically. I was too young to go and watch ABBA live but it would have been nice to see them perform, there are many DVD's of their music videos and performances available and a couple I would recommend are ABBA Gold, Super Troupers and ABBA Number Ones My favourite top 10 ABBA songs are: 01. Does Your Mother Know 02. Knowing Me, Knowing You 03.
Arrival 04. When I Kissed the Teacher 05. Dancing Queen 06. Thank You For The Music 07. I Have A Dream 08.
The Winner Takes It All 09. One of Us 10. Money, Money, Money.
My name is Andy I'm 31 and I'm from Manchester, UK I like to read a lot (Discworld, Sci-Fantasy) and listen to music (The Doors, Wu-Tang, Amy Winehouse, Kaiser Chiefs, Blondie, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix). I also try to be a skateboarder when I get time and dry weather. Please view and leave comments on my blog which contains lots more music reviews. http://my-top-music-reviews.blogspot.com